No-Hee Park, D.M.D., Ph.D., Dean Emeritus
and Distinguished Professor of Dentistry and Medicine at University of
California, Los Angeles, School of Dentistry (UCLA SOD), was selected out
hundreds of nominees as a “Person of Distinguished Service to Science and
Technology” by the Republic of Korea and will be inducted into the country’s
Hall of Fame in Science and Technology.
Dr. Park is the
youngest of the 32 individuals selected, of whom only 10 are still alive. This
is the first time in its history the Korean government is recognizing
individuals considered pioneers in the science and technology fields.
Dr. Park served
as the Dean of the UCLA SOD for 18 years, where he directed an approximately
$90 million budget, with 400 full- and part-time faculty, 450 dental students,
91 dental residents and a staff of 300 employees. Notably, he was the first
Korean-American appointed Dean at a U.S. university. Under his tenure, the
school is now recognized worldwide as a leading research-intensive dental
As a major
scientist in the oral and craniofacial research community, Dr. Park has
authored more than 190 scientific publications in research journals. His
research has primarily focused on oral cancer, specifically the role of human
papillomavirus in the development of cancer; the aging process, including
osteoporosis, and, most recently, he is exploring the relationship between
periodontitis and cardiovascular diseases. He has made influential
contributions to the understanding of the mechanisms of oral cancer development,
which have resulted in many advances in translational and interdisciplinary
health science research.
Dr. Park has
also been recognized for his dedicated academic leadership, including the
William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement; a fellowship with
the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Distinguished Alumnus
Award from Georgia Health Sciences University; and the Seoul National
University Alumnus of the Year. In 2009, UCLA established the Dr.
No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry in honor of his
outstanding achievements in biomedical research and his leadership as Dean.
During the past
two decades, Dr. Park has trained more than 100 research students, postdoctoral
fellows and visiting faculty members. Most of his mentees are presently faculty
members of dental schools, medical schools and colleges of life science in the United
States, Korea, Japan, China and countries in Europe.
received his D.D.S. and Certificate in Periodontics from Seoul National
University. After he migrated to the United States, he received a Doctorate in Pharmacology
from the Medical College of Georgia, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at
the Harvard Medical School Eye Research Institute and then a D.M.D. from
Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
As a world-class researcher and an adept academic leader and
administrator, Dr. Park’s scientific contributions and academic achievements
are a testament to the impact he has made in the health science research
community, on future generations of students in science and technology and,
particularly, in the dental education and biomedical research communities.
on February 14, 2018.